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Dominic Crossan leads PCN conference in Sept 2011

Here’s a chance to get a taster of our September conference speaker.

John Dominic Crossan’s work on Christian history challenges us to rethink what Jesus meant to those who knew him while he was alive. PCN Britain has invited him to lead a conference in Leeds from Sept 16th - 18th 2011, at St Andrews URC in Roundhay. For details of the conference and how to book please go to the event page.

To hear a Youtube clip of Crossan, got to http://youtu.be/56cojvbaP5Y

PCN author writes about Christmas

PCN author writes about Christmas Adrian Alker’s contribution to the Together in Hope study guide series explores the place of myth within the gospels and how its meaning can contribute to the shaping of a progressive Christian faith.

Adrian Alker is a longstanding member of the PCN Britain committee. Explaining his approach to the Christmas narratives he writes, “In chapter one I explore the place of myth and story within the gospels and attend to questions of truth and meaning and how this can contribute to the shaping of a progressive Christian faith. Chapter two covers some of the main themes and ideas emerging from Matthew’s gospel and chapter three highlights some of the special characteristics of the Lukan narrative. In chapter four I offer a number of themes which emerge from the Christmas stories and explore how these ideas and concepts can be expressed through liturgy in the Christmas season. The book ends, as do all the books in this series, with suggestions for further reading and resources available for more study and practical use. At the end of each chapter there are some questions which may be helpful in promoting discussion if this book is being used by a group of people or as a study course.”

Adrian is an Anglican priest. He began his ministry in Liverpool, and was then five years as Diocesan Youth Officer in Carlisle, where he got involved in Christian education. Although always of a liberal, questioning frame, a great inspiration to him over recent years has been the writing of Marcus Borg and the work of the Jesus Seminar people in the States. Borg’s acceptance of an invitation to come to St Mark’s led to the founding of St Mark’s Centre for Radical Christianity. He says that “The whole thrust of my work as a priest at St Marks was how liberal Christianity can be a real force for good in a parish context.” Adrian is currently Director of Mission Resourcing in the Anglican Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, supporting parishes to engage with contemporary issues of faith and life.

Bishop Spong visits Glasgow

A report is now available of Jack Spong’s visit to Glasgow in June 2011.  You can also hear part of his last lecture and buy CDs of all his lectures on this website, (see below)

Jack Spong was the controversial Bishop of Newark in the United States. His open minded progressive approach to theology was refreshing. He offered an enlightening antidote to the oftentimes prejudiced and literalist approach of some in the Episcopalian and more fundamentalist churches.
Eight years ago, Jack came to the UK to launch the “Progressive Christianity Network Britain” and he has been touring the UK regularly ever since.  This was his last visit.  On 2nd June 2011, he spoke to the Thinking Allowed meeting at Cairns Church in Milngavie, Glasgow.  From 3rd to 5th June he led a conference at Orchardhill Church in Giffnock, Glasgow.  Among those attending the conference was John Hetherington who is the convenor of PCN Britain’s Kendal group and secretary of the South Lakeland Interfaith Forum. 

To read his report please go to http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/resources/detail/bishop_jack_spong_in_glasgow_2011/
To purchase a recording of Jack Spong’s lectures, please go to http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/shop/
To listen to an excerpt from his lectures, please go to http://www.pcnbritain.org.uk/index.php/resources/detail/listen_to_jack_spong_on_the_call_of_the_spirit_to_a_new_humanity/